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NYC's libraries need more funding. All we need from you is one sentence.


We're asking New Yorkers to tell us how libraries have changed their lives in one sentence.

How has the library helped you or made a difference in your life? Why do you love your library?

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Libraries give me books. Books are a healthy escape of reality.

Ramon Manhattan/New York

Everyone should have books available to them.

Brenda Hudson

The library is not only a source of books, but is a place I feel like I am truly connected to my community.

Jenn Brooklyn Central

Libraries have opened hundreds of doors for me to information, excitement and information for the last 55 years or so, and I see no reason to stop using them now.

Stephen Manhattan, New York City

I don't live in the city anymore. But my husband and I used to study at the main NY Public about 25 years ago. We'd head downtown and spend hours in that great main hall across from each other with stacks of books in silence. I fell in love with that place. I fell in love with him.

Rekha Pittsburgh

My library offers a safe space for me to go and borrow books to learn more about different people, places, and times.

Liz Forest hills queens

The Mulberry Street library is my favorite! Story time is just the best!

Thomas Mulberry Street

As part of its scholarly elegance, the main branch of the NYPL presents a tremendously inspiring conversation series, "An Art Book", with renowned artists, critics, curators, gallerists, historians and writers, celebrating the vital importance and beauty of art books!

Phillip Manhattan

Yay libraries

Liz Manhattan

"Librarian" is the very best version of me.

Beanbag Bushwick

How would I ever have become the person I am today without the New York Public Library!

Jane New York City

Pace -- and expansion -- of mind!

Maria Jersey City, NJ

"This was the first library I can remember going to as a child, and it cracked my imagination wide open, letting wonder and possibility rush in."

Emily Cortelyou, Brooklyn